President Trump talked about the amount of money the U.S. pays to fund NATO compared to other European nations, particularly Germany. Trump called out German Chancellor Angela Merkel and said he is unsure "how much protection we get by protecting you." He also mentioned the oil and gas deals E.U. nations have made with Russia and called the U.S. "the schmucks paying for the whole thing."
From his Thursday night MAGA rally in Great Falls, Montana:
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: We're paying anywhere from 70- to 90-percent to protect Europe. And that's fine. Of course, they kill us on trade. They kill us on other things.
They make it impossible to do business in Europe yet they come in and sell their Mercedes and their BMWs to us. So we have $151 billion in trade deficits with the E.U. and on top of that they kill us with NATO. They kill us. So we pay 4% of a huge GDP -- which got a lot bigger since I became your president.
Germany, which is the biggest country of the E.U., European Union, Germany pays 1%. 1%. And I said, you know, [Chancellor] Angela [Merkel], I can't guarantee it, but we're protecting you and it means a lot more to you than protecting us because I don't know how much protection we get by protecting you. And then they go out and make a gas deal, oil and gas from Russia where they pay billions and billions of dollars to Russia. Okay?
So they want to protect against Russia, yet they pay billions of dollars to Russia and we're the schmucks paying for the whole thing. So then -- I have to say this. Since I came which is a year and a half, almost $33 billion more is projected to be paid by those NATO nations. But it's not enough. Do they ever tell you that? No. No.